Obama said, "The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage right now, but they cannot hold America hostage."
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What is known is that the two assault-style rifles and two handguns recovered at the scene of the shootout were bought legally in the United States.
One issue kept resurfacing: how to confront and deal with the virulent racism that remains a current in U.S. life.
Right-wing Republicans in the Missouri legislature and their main financial supporter, libertarian billionaire Rex Sinquefield, suffered a stinging defeat.
"All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington."
Across the country, participants at gun violence vigils vowed to pressure the Senate to pass a bipartisan bill, mandating background checks for firearm purchases at gun shows and online.
"Shame on us if we've forgotten," Obama said. "I haven't forgotten those kids."
People at the rally. like most New Yorkers, seemed to agree that good jobs and good quality education for all are necessary steps to ending gun violence on the streets.